Birkbeck Counselling Association

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MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy.
Graduate Diploma/MSc

Three year, part-time course, weekday (Monday/Tuesday) or Saturday study.
This course teaches psychodynamic theory and practice with an emphasis on understanding clinical work in its organizational and social context. Teaching consists of lectures/seminars, workshops teaching observation and clinical skills and experiential learning in a small and large group setting. Students are in clinical placements during the course. Graduates of this programme are eligible to join the Birkbeck Counselling Association, our body of graduates who organize our programme of continuous professional development.
Year 1 gives an introduction to psychodynamic theory and practice, basic observational and clinical skills, professional/ethical issues, and an introduction to the psychosocial and organizational context of clinical work.
Year 2 teaches more advanced elements of psychodynamic theory and practice, core clinical skills, and looks in depth at different forms of emotional disturbance and psychopathology.
In Year 3, students are taught the key aspects of clinical thinking (diagnosis, formulation etc.), how to use evidence based practice and how to develop their capacity for reflective and critical thinking.

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